Omar Sosa Winter-Spring 2007 Tour Schedule

Including Jakarta, Réunion Island, and Shanghai... plus France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. For details, please visit

January-February 2007

January 19, 2007 Fiestas de San Sebastian Plaza Santa Eulalia Palma de Mallorca SPAIN

February 8, 2007 L'Auditori Moderna Barcelona SPAIN

February 9, 2007 MJC Brequigny Rennes FRANCE

February 10, 2007 Le Sterenn Trégunc (Brittany) FRANCE

February 17, 2007 Centre de Diffusion et d'Action Culturelle Nice FRANCE

Drawing by Alessandro Curadi

March 2007

March 2 & 4, 2007 Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival Jakarta INDONESIA

March 9, 2007 SF JAZZ Presents Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA U.S.A.

March 14, 2007 Baluardo della Cittadella Modena ITALY

March 15, 2007 Teatro Camploy Verona ITALY

March 16, 2007 Teatro di Mirano Mirano ITALY

March 17, 2007 Piccolo Regio Torino ITALY

March 18, 2007 Les Docks Lausanne SWITZERLAND

Photo by Tom Ehrlich

April-May-June 2007

April 14, 2007 Kölner Philharmonie Cologne GERMANY

April 20, 2007 Cape May Jazz Festival Cape May, NJ U.S.A.

April 21, 2007 Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC U.S.A.

April 26, 2007 Music Hall University of Wisconsin Madison, WI U.S.A.

April 28, 2007 Da Camera Presents Cullen Theater Wortham Theater Center Houston, TX U.S.A.

May 5, 2007 Shanghai International Jazz Festival Jazzy Shanghai Shanghai CHINA

May 11 & 12, 2007 Theatre de Plein Air Saint-Gilles Le Tampon REUNION ISLAND

May 19, 2007 Jazz en Luberon Apt FRANCE

May 26, 2007 Festival de las Tres Culturas Murcia SPAIN

June 7, 2007 Festival Jazzellerault Chatellerault FRANCE

June 12 & 13, 2007 Blue Note New York, NY U.S.A.

June 14, 2007 Regattabar Cambridge, MA U.S.A.

June 15, 2007 Rochester Jazz Festival Rochester, NY U.S.A.

Photo by David Garten

"Live ŕ FIP" in Review

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"The expression 'Afro-Cuban' has become a cliché, and as a result is too easily misapplied. This is one reason why it's vital to check in with Omar Sosa. Throughout this performance he stokes the African and the Cuban fires: Each burns distinctly from the other while illuminating the place between them. It's this place where Sosa pitches his musical camp and works his magic.

This is hardly the first time these pieces have been assembled, but few have arranged them as persuasively as Sosa into pictures so dreamy yet with details so finely chiseled. This concert in Paris, with its mingling of lustrous textures and passionate poetry, bebop flashes and world-music spaciousness sent the audience home feeling good about what they'd heard."

-Downbeat, January 2007

"Spare, melodic lines whispering past on the breeze of a blown kiss. Squat, atonal chord bursts delivered with the lickety-split surprise of a grazing jab. Phrases that rumble in low, then strike lightning. Like fellow Cuban-born pianists Rubén González and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omar Sosa prefers the percussive approach. Unlike his latest studio recordings, though - which are characterized by a meditative, poetic cadence - this set, taped in front of a live studio audience at Radio France in Paris, is all about the crescendo.

Fluent in the retrospective pulse of Latin bop and the hummable harmonies of sub-Saharan pop, here Sosa walks the thin line between inventive fusion and cloying smooth jazz. The quintet never trips over into schmaltz, though, thanks to Sosa's sly solos and unwillingness to let the band get stuck in a rhythmic rut. The result is a hook-laden hybrid that even jaundiced purists can enjoy (mostly) guilt free. On a melancholy note, featured conga master and former Afro-Cuban All Star, Miguel 'Angá' Diaz, whose unique, five-drum technique brings a crackle to Sosa's fire, died of a heart attack in August at age 45."

-UTNE Reader, January-February 2007

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